PARK CITY, Kan - THURSDAY UPDATE
The driver of a Kansas Highway Patrol motorist assist vehicle has died from his injuries after a crash with a semi truck in Park City.
The Kansas Highway Patrol stated the crash happened just south of 61st St N on Interstate 135 at 3:56 p.m. Wednesday. The KHP had reported the motorist assist pickup truck was trying to make a U-turn when the crash happened, but now the KHP says that speculation was not correct.
The KHP Crash Log stated the motorist assist pickup truck was merging from the center median into southbound lanes of I-135 when a semi truck crashed into the pickup from behind.
The driver of the pickup was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but later died from his injuries. The pickup driver's name has not yet been released. The driver of the semi truck was not seriously hurt.
A man in his 50s was in critical condition after a traffic accident near Park City Wednesday afternoon.
The crash was reported around 4 p.m. on southbound I-135 at 61st Street North. Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Chad Crittenden said the crash involved a KHP motorist assist vehicle and a semi. He said the KHP vehicle was going north and then went into the median to make a u-turn to go south, and that's when it collided with a southbound semi. The driver of the KHP vehicle was taken to a hospital in very critical condition, while the semi driver was not hurt,.
Traffic was backed up to 77th Street North because of the crash, and southbound I-135 was closed to traffic from 77th to 61st. The southbound exit ramp from 61st Street was also closed.